Good afternoon, Venners. Today is not the day for connecting with your inner Angel or Charlie. Rather, today is yet another opportunity for connecting with A.N. (Aimee) Busch, author of the already released Tempting Fate and the upcoming novel Love on a Killer Cruise. If you have already checked out Wordless Wednesday, you may have noticed a pretty darn attractive book cover lurking around next to some homemade French toast sticks. That, my friends, is the new and improved cover for Tempting Fate. I personally love the subtleness of the deep purple rose against the black backdrop. It makes you do a double-take because it casually grabs your attention which makes you look closer and get pulled in — just like you can get pulled into the book after a chapter or two.
Anyway, enough small talk. The real meat of this post is a continuation of our author Q&A with Aimee. Enjoy:
[box type=”info”] Which character’s behavior is most like your own?
From Tempting Fate, parts of grown-up Abigail are very me, especially the way she interacts and has fun with her husband; as well as the way she cares for her children. I also think that a lot of Rachel’s bubbly attitude, as well as her flirty nature, comes from me.
From Love on a Killer Cruise -I would have to say that Tanya has my “I speak my mind and tell you what I’m thinking, and if you don’t like it that’s tuff” attitude.
Is anything in your book(s) based on real-life experience?
The relationship between Abigail and her husband in Tempting Fate is a lot like my husband and myself. We have the same playful nature that makes some people kind of think we are nuts, but it is just how we are. Sometimes we do show our love by aggravating the hell out of each other.*
The idea for Love on a Killer Cruise came from a divorced friend who won a trip on some weekend cruise. I remember saying, “Just don’t die at sea!” It was a “ha-ha” moment but it got my head spinning off into a new story right away.
What is your writing ritual?
I wouldn’t really say that I have a ritual, but music is a must. I have a big play list that I keep on shuffle. It includes Paramore, Iron and Wine, EastMoutainSouth, Muse, Pink, Flyleaf, Joss Stone, plus some great punk rock covers of late 80’s songs. Recently I have added Delta Rae to the mix. The biggest chunk of writing time I get is when the kids go to bed at night, so I try to spend some “just the two of us” time with the hubby and then stay up writing half the night. A glass of wine or hot cup of coffee is always close by!
What age did you write your first story?
I can remember doing a few stories in creative writing classes in High School and College, but I never got the burn to write until I could not get the story of Abby and Westly out of my mind. I thought it was a fun idea for a story, different from anything I had read anyway, and it would not stop playing in my head. One day in 2008, I told my husband I was going to write a book and he said, “Okay. Do it.” And thus my journey began.
*Note from Ashley: Amanda and I fully support aggravating the hell out of your husband to show love. I think Amanda will let you know more about that in a fun new Valentine’s day post tomorrow morning.
If you missed last week’s interview with A.N. Busch, click here to catch up and stop back by next Wednesday for more Q&A.
You can also read my previous review of Tempting Fate by A.N. Busch or pick up a copy on Amazon! You can also find out more about the upcoming release Love on a Killer Cruise on Aimee Busch’s blog or follow her on Facebook or Twitter for updates. Don’t forget that until February 12, you can visit my original review (linked above) of the book Tempting Fate and enter to win a Kindle copy of the book and a $5 Amazon Gift Card.